Frank Koblish ’22 came to St. Andrew's from Malvern, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019 as a new sophomore, and spent this school year living on Baum with his fellow IV Form boys. At St. Andrew's, Frank plays JV soccer and varsity basketball. Frank's play and three-point shot were key components of the basketball team's Final Four state tournament run this winter, and he was nominated for Delaware Online High School Athlete of the Week in early March for his impressive postseason play. Over Spring Break, we chatted with Frank about his experiences at St. Andrew's so far.
I play basketball for a travel team in the spring and summer, and I first heard about St. Andrew’s when I was playing on this team with Brandon [Graves ’22]. [St. Andrew’s boys varsity basketball Head] Coach Terrell is very involved in the organization that Brandon and I play for, so I heard a lot about St. Andrew’s from Brandon and from Coach Terrell. As a player, I wanted to further my basketball opportunities, and I thought St. Andrew’s would provide those opportunities. After our campus visit, my parents and I decided that St. Andrew’s would be the ideal place to grow as both a player and student.
In the fall, I decided to play soccer—despite having never played before. It ended up being a lot of fun and I met a lot of people, which was helpful to me as a new sophomore. In the winter, I play basketball, which is my primary sport. I’ve put a lot of my time into basketball and have been committed to the sport for many years. A long-term goal for me is to play basketball in college. This season was a lot of fun and I’m excited for next year.
Before coming to St. Andrew’s, the idea of living in a dorm made me nervous. But, now that I’ve done it, I can say that while there is an adjustment period, the living situation now feels natural. Living with my classmates feels like an especially big advantage when you are a new student—it's easier to get to know when you are living with them. Overall, dorm life has just been really fun.
If I had to explain the St. Andrew’s ethos, I would say it is about being accepting and being open to new experiences. As a student I have seen those qualities in everyone else and I have also discovered them in myself.